The recorded history of the Dominican Republic began when the Genoa-born navigator Christopher Columbus, working for the Spanish Crown, happened upon a large island in the region of the western Atlantic Ocean that later came to be known as the Caribbean. It was inhabited by the Taíno, an Arawakan people, who variously called their island Ayiti, Bohio, or Quisqueya. Columbus promptly claimed the island for the Spanish Crown, naming it La Isla Española, later Latinized to Hispaniola. What ...
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Christopher Columbus landed on the island on December 5, 1492, which the native Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century. The colony of Santo Domingo became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, the oldest continuously inhabited city, and the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World.
The basilica's 16th-century coffered ceiling, to a design by Giuliano da Sangallo, is said to be gilded with gold, initially brought by Christopher Columbus, presented by Ferdinand and Isabella to the Spanish pope, Alexander VI. The apse mosaic, the Coronation of the Virgin, is from 1295, signed by the Franciscan friar, Jacopo Torriti.
Chanca, a physician who traveled with Christopher Columbus, reported in a letter that Spaniards took as many women as they possibly could and kept them as concubines. Some sources report that, despite women being free and powerful before the contact era, they became the first commodities up for Spaniards to trade, or often, steal.
Name. When Christopher Columbus visited for the first time the northern coast of the Hispaniola island, he saw on 4 January 1493 a mountain with the shape of a dromedary and named it as Monte Cristo or Monte Christi ("Mountain of Christ") to this mountain now known as El Morro, close to the city of San Fernando de Monte Cristi.
The name comes from the name given by Columbus on 4 January 1493 to the mountain known now as El Morro: Monte Cristo or Monte Christi ("Mountain of Christ").  The name of the city has been written of different ways: Monte Cristi ( Columbus ), Monte Cristo (Ferdinand Columbus), Monte Christi or Monte Christo ( Las Casas ), Monte Cristy and ...
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Christopher Columbus built a small fort near present-day La Vega, in 1494, intended to guard the route to the interior gold deposits of the Cibao valley. A Spanish settlement known as Concepción de la Vega gradually grew up around the fort. 
A origem de Cristóvão Colombo é considerada por alguns estudiosos como enigmática. O seu próprio filho, Fernando Colombo (baptizado Hernando Colón em Espanha), na sua "Historia del almirante Don Cristóbal Colón" obscureceu a pátria e origem de Colombo, afirmando que o seu genitor não queria que fossem conhecidas tais informações.
Afro-Dominicans are Dominicans of predominant Black African ancestry. They represent 15.8% of the Dominican Republic's population according to 2014 estimates. The Afro-Dominican population is present in the entire geography of the country, from the coastal areas such as San Cristobal and San Pedro de Macoris to deep inland areas such as Cotui and Monteplata.